Confidence is rare. In parents, kids, educators, coaches, religious and secular leaders, etc., confidence is rare today. The cowardly lion lays back in the crowd, looking down and kicking the cans. Whispering. Hesitating. Existing but nothing more. You can have greatness in your soul, but until you can lean back and roar with confidence, it’s all for nothing! It takes confidence to stand up and be the champion you really are! Develop your confidence!
Some people make you feel embarrassed when you’re at full expression. They look at you funny, like you have problems. They stare hard until you tone it down. Maybe they’re jealous or intimidated. You’re interrupting their rest! Haha. They say, “Calm down, and stop being so hyper! You’re not all that! Just chill out!”
To keep you from breaking away, they condemn you. They stab a finger at your weakness. They strip your confidence like a rug pulled from under your feet. They can’t help themselves. It’s involuntary, a survival mechanism of sorts.
Doubt Is Paralysis
If you’re not very careful, these negative words and actions from other people will get into your head. Then, every time you have a dream, you will doubt just enough to never take the first step. When you express yourself, you will hold back, so that you don’t look foolish. I see it everyday. Good people with huge potential, and no confidence to act.
Confidence Changed My Life
A few years ago, I was invited to speak at one of the largest churches in America. I worked on the message for a few weeks, trying to build the best script of my life. When I thought about standing there on that platform I nearly had a panic attack.
Then, God said this to me, “You don’t have to perform over your head in this moment to win! I opened this door because this is a move you are prepared to make. Just do the best you can, and they will love you!”
After that, my fear was gone. I walked onto the stage and never felt more natural. It wasn’t the greatest message of my life, but it was more than enough. I had fun and they loved me! And I’ll be speaking there for the 4th time in January 2017. Venues like that have become my new norm. Because, in the pivotal moment, I had confidence!
Add The Confidence
How much would your life change, if you increased your confidence? Are you supposed to be saying yes, going bigger, and having fun, but instead you’re living scared? Think about the life you can have if you add the confidence.
Here is how you get it started. Write a new program for your mind. Each morning, before you leave the house, say these words. “Confidence is changing my life! God is with me, therefore, I am limitless! This is my chance to play the game! Go big or go home! I am extraordinary! Right now, my energy is at the highest level! I am fully alive! This is everything I have! I love myself! Others love me! These are the best days of my life! I am living the dream! Yes!”
Doing this will feel weird at first. The longer you’ve been down on yourself, the harder it will be to add the confidence. But it’s worth the effort, because confidence is all that stands between regular you and the super you.